About

Konnichiwa!  My name is Sarah and I am a “Gastronome”.  I’ve loved food my whole life, but not in the “I love you like a fat kid loves cake”, kind of way but more in a “Live to eat” fashion.  I was raised in Tokyo, Japan, where my love for food flourished into a passion, thanks to the abundance of culinary delights available in the city.  I always tell people that Japan has the best food in the world.  If you’ve never been, I really recommend taking a visit out there to see for yourself!

After graduating from high school in Tokyo, I moved abroad to California to complete my undergraduate degree.  During my four years in California, I longed for the food back home and would always look forward to my vacations back to Tokyo for Christmas, summer and spring break.

In 2010, I decided to follow my passion for food and applied to the Gastronomy Masters program at Boston University.  During the program, I received my culinary certificate, where I had the pleasure of working with some amazing chefs such as Ming Tsai, Jamie Bissonnette and even the great chef himself, Jacques Pépin!

 (Me with my BU Masters!  Woohoo!)

During my time at Boston University, I learned more about the restaurant and food industry by working as a hostess at the Island Creek Oyster Bar.

After receiving my Masters, I decided it was time for me to move back to the West Coast and am now currently residing in Redondo Beach.  I live near my extended family, whom I am very close with.  They are the inspiration behind my blog, katei-ryori.  With my blog I hope to pay homage to my family who have supported me through all my endeavors and to also demonstrate the pride I have in my heritage.

Most of all, I hope that my passion for food and cooking ignites a similar passion within yourself that will invite you to indulge in life and all its pleasures.

To quote the great Julia Child:

“Find something you’re passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it.”

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